Overview: Established in 1997, Iona Vineyards is a family-owned wine farm located 1,450 feet above sea level overlooking the picturesque Elgin Valley. With the Atlantic Ocean a mere 2 miles away, this unique location invites sea breezes that make it one of the coolest micro climates in the Western Cape. This results in the grapes being on the vine two months longer than most Cape vineyards, thus resulting in beautifully developed flavor profiles.
Accordingly, Iona produces some of the best Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the New World. Iona is also blessed with the incredibly talented winemaker, Werner Muller, who has 12 Iona harvests under his belt. The owners of Iona, Andrew and Rozy Gunn, believe that an integral part of their success is their people. All Iona employees are shareholders and receive pension funds, education and social support. Their philosophy is that they would rather employ people than machines; and the winemaker is the custodian of the fruit.
Tasting Notes:Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 27%, Petit Verdot 11%, Mouvedre 7%, Voignier 6%. This red blend is a balanced juicy red with nice tannins on the finish. The nose brings forth ripe blackberries, black currants and black plums with a hint of lavender and licorice. On the palate you get blackberry jam with a hint of black cherries finished with a cranberries and cloves.
Pairing: Think Thanksgiving dinner. This wine will pair well with roasted turkey and stuffing covered in gravy, smoked meats and grilled meats and soft salty cheeses.
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